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If you've sustained an injury or trauma to your hip, and have persistent pain, you need to have diagnostic testing to check for the presence of a hip fracture. Because hip fractures are hard to diagnose with X-rays alone, further testing is necessary if patients continue to have pain.
Recently emergency rooms have seen this type of situation where a patient arrives for treatment, after an injury or fall, but the X-rays are normal even though they have a fracture.
With the prevalence of hip fractures in the elderly, we need to have additional testing available, if these X-rays don't locate a fracture, and the pain persists. If you have normal hip X-rays but can't bear weight or the pain doesn't go away, ask for additional testing, like a CT scan or MRI.
Emergency rooms see this type of hidden hip fracture, where the patient has persistent pain from trauma, but the X-rays don't show a fracture. If they don't find a fracture, the patient is se...
Alternative Names Transverse wrist fracture; Dinner-fork deformity of the wrist Symptoms Change in the shape or angle of the forearm just above the wrist Inability to hold or lift heavy objects Wrist pain Swelling just above the wrist
Suffering a hip fracture can be the most devastating consequence of osteoporosis. When those crucial bones shatter, it can destroy various aspects of life previously taken for granted - including one's mobility, independence and overall health. In the worst case, the injury may trigger a cascade of negative events and even death. After a hip fracture, the initial stay in the hospital usually lasts less than a week. It is a painful and confusing time, and a number of complications can arise during this critical period. However, there are crucial steps you and your loved ones can take to help put the odds in your favor as you progress toward recovery. It is likely the first question you and your family will discuss with your physician is surgery. In most cases, surgery to repair or replace the hip is necessary to regain one's previous level of activity. But not all individuals are good candidates for this intense operation, especially those who are older or ...
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